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Weekly-ish writing update – Nov. 20, 2017: What have I done for the last 2 weeks?

Uugggghhhh. That’s how much of my last two weeks has felt. I skipped a week of reporting on my progress because I felt flat out too wiped out to summon the energy to record a video and write about how tired I was. Yay. I realize I have a blessed life. I truly know it….

Weekly writing update – Nov. 5, 2017: Rollercoasters

In the writing update video I recorded on Friday, I seem very happy about my productivity and progress this week. And I should be. I got some good stuff done that is helping me move forward. That’s great. What I totally forgot to mention in the video was the bottomless pit I stumbled into early…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 29, 2017: just hanging in there

There’s something that happens inside me when I get sick with an illness that makes me horribly tired. Some part of my emotional self thinks I’m 17 again and newly stricken with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrom and Fibromyalgia. I still remember that April. I thought I was ill with a cold or flu-like thing….

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 20, 2017: My voice croaked, I didn’t

I rarely get sick. I’m too stubborn. I feel a cold coming on and refuse it passage through my body. It usually works. And it did, all last week. I felt something trying to take hold and I refused it entry. Until Sunday afternoon and it just hit me. I’m blaming it on #MeToo, as…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 13, 2017: Progress is progress

Well, I got stuff done this past week. Was it enough? Who knows. It was something, though, and that really is better than nothing. I always want to do more than is reasonable to accomplish. Sometimes I can. And other times I have to settle for mere-human amounts of productivity. Given that I’ve published five…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 6, 2017: picking myself up after a fall

Since July, I’ve been making (almost) weekly videos about what’s going on in my writing life. I have no idea why I decided to do this. I think to keep me honest and give me accountability. Every week, I tell the world (or whoever’s willing to watch) what I have and haven’t done. I like…

Trauma, vulnerability and moving into truth

A few weeks ago, I decided that when people ask me how I’m doing, rather than issuing my standard response of, “I’m fine,” I’ll tell them, “I’m having a full human experience.” I thought I was being clever, but it turns out that may not have been the best idea. It’s been a bit of…

Local Eugene author interview with James Aaron

Before I became a writer, I was a reader. I learned to read when I was 4 or 5 years old, in my first year of school. I remember sitting on the floor of my English classroom, deep into a book about a magician and a dragon, completely oblivious to what was going on around…

Doing kindness in my own way

Growing up, I was one of those kids who did things her own way. My mum called it either creativeness or stubbornness, depending on her mood and how far I’d pushed my boundaries that day. (I come by it naturally, she’s the woman who taught me that there’s an exception to every rule, and that…

My first novel, The Awesomely Amazing Adventures of Cherry: Butterfly Buddies, is here

I’m not one for making yearly resolutions. Not the formal sort, anyway. And not at New Year’s. I made a great list when I was 12 and realized those pretty much set me up for life. I review them every so often. Basically they are: Don’t be a jerk, to yourself or others, reiterated in…